Russian and Soviet Diplomacy, 1900–39 by Alastair Kocho-Williams

By Alastair Kocho-Williams

Addressing the influence of the Russian Revolution and alter and continuity in international relations through the transition from Empire to Soviet Union, this ebook examines how Russia's international relations used to be carried out, the diplomats in the back of it, the institution of the Soviet diplomatic corps and the stairs taken to combine the Soviets into the diplomatic global.

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Spending little more than few hours a day, there was potential for others to exert more influence over Russian diplomacy, but the pressures of war, and Russian diplomats’ inability to deal effectively with them, led to a situation where this did not happen. 39 Nikolai Nikolaievich Pokrovskii was Foreign Minister for only three months, before losing his post as a result of the February Revolution of 1917. Like Stürmer, he had no former ties to diplomacy, and had spent most of his political career in the Ministry of Finance.

Spending little more than few hours a day, there was potential for others to exert more influence over Russian diplomacy, but the pressures of war, and Russian diplomats’ inability to deal effectively with them, led to a situation where this did not happen. 39 Nikolai Nikolaievich Pokrovskii was Foreign Minister for only three months, before losing his post as a result of the February Revolution of 1917. Like Stürmer, he had no former ties to diplomacy, and had spent most of his political career in the Ministry of Finance.

101 In addition to the diplomat’s changing status in light of the outbreak of hostilities, his role also began to change. 102 Count A. K. 5 Structure of the MID, 1914–17 Ministerstvo inostrannykh del 2 Deputy foreign ministers Registry of current archive Registry of current archive MID Library Political agent in Bukhara (resident) Refister of current archive Office and registry of current archive Editors of ‘Izvestiya MID’ Diplomatic officials under the governor-generals of Irkutsk and Primorsk 2nd Section Library Moscow central archive 1st Section 2nd Section Office and archive Eastern language training section Registry of current archive Registry of current archive Temporary section for money transfers and loans Central St Petersburg and state archive 1st Section MID officials under the governor of Zakspiiskoi oblast Courier section Household committee MID officials under the governor of the caucasus Temporary prisoners of war section (from December 1915) 2nd Department Temporary special political section Information section (from 1916) 1st Department (formerly personnel and houehold affairs) Temporary office Registry of current archive Printers Legal advice section 4th Political section (far east) 3rd Political section (central asia) 2nd Political section (near east) Press section Cipher section Minister’s office 1st Political section (Western Europe, US, Africa) and minister’s office Foreign minister State document printing committee Printers Diplomatic officials in military headquarters Library Medical section Before the Bolsheviks: The Last Years of Tsarist Diplomacy 37 Bakhmeteff clearly felt a need to describe Russia’s plight in the war to the American public and gain support from the US government.

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